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Poster: The_Monkey_Master Date: Sep 30, 2010 2:45pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: 50 Years of "The Flintstones" (with Fun Facts)

The Flintstones
First season episodes incorporated an ad for Winston Cigarettes into the opening credits (this version of the opening was removed for syndication). Due to the decision to use a standard opening and closing for syndicated versions of the episodes, many episodes have incorrect closing credits. Some later episodes drop the "Meet the Flintstones" closing credits in favor of footage of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm singing "Let the Sunshine In."

The Flintstones was the first American animated show to depict two people of the opposite sex (Fred and Wilma; Barney and Betty) sleeping together in one bed.

The show contained a laugh track, common to most other sitcoms of the period. In the mid-1990s, when Turner Networks remastered the episodes, the original laugh track was removed. Currently, the shows airing on Boomerang and the DVD releases have the original laugh track restored to most episodes (a number of episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 still lack them). Some episodes, however, have a newer laugh track dubbed in, apparently replacing the old one. Because of this practice, the only episode to originally air without a laugh track ("Sheriff For a Day" in 1965) now has one.

The Flintstones also became the first primetime animated series to last more than two seasons; this record wasn't surpassed by another primetime animated TV series until the third season of The Simpsons in 1992.

The voice of Barney was provided by legendary voice actor Mel Blanc, though five episodes (the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 9th) during the second season employed Hanna-Barbera regular Daws Butler while Blanc was incapacitated by a near-fatal car accident.

In a 1986 Playboy interview, Jackie Gleason said that Alan Reed had done voice-overs for Gleason in his early movies, and that he (Gleason) considered suing Hanna-Barbera for copying The Honeymooners but decided to let it pass. According to Henry Corden, who took over as the voice of Fred Flintstone after Alan Reed died, and was a friend of Gleason’s, “Jackie’s lawyers told him that he could probably have The Flintstones pulled right off the air. But they also told him, “Do you want to be known as the guy who yanked Fred Flintstone off the air? The guy who took away a show that so many kids love, and so many parents love, too?

Flintstones on the IA:
ABC Thurday Night Ad
Winston Cigarette Commercal
Winston Cigarette Commercal 2


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Poster: cosmico Date: Sep 30, 2010 3:03pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 50 Years of 'The Flintstones' (with Fun Facts)

I didn't know about the laugh tracks being removed and then replaced. Personally, I don't mind 'em too much, especially if they were an original part of the production.

Long ago I saw an early pilot version of The Flintstones, called The Flagstones, in which Fred was rather "scruffy" looking. I suppose it's online on YouTube by now?

I remember watching the Flintstones when it was on network all those years ago. In fact, one of my earliest childhood memories is of watching Howdy Doody sometime in the 1950s, so I guess I'm still a TV kid at heart.

Thanks for the info!


Yeah, The Flagstones clip is on YouTube as I suspected, but it's not as different as I recall, except for the voices. I think I saw it on VHS tape sometime during the 1980s.

This post was modified by cosmico on 2010-09-30 22:03:09

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Poster: FP   Date: Oct 1, 2010 6:45am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: 50 Years of 'The Flintstones' (with Fun Facts)

No laugh track.